Offshore Yachting : April May 2008
offshore | 59 Snug Cove. Merimbula airport is 23 kilometres away and has daily flights to both Sydney and Melbourne. Bermagui Bermagui is 42 miles north of Eden and is the next port capable of taking reasonably sized vessels in reasonable weather. It is a sheltered fishing port, and offers fuel, provisions and water. Narooma Narooma is 14 miles north of Bermagui and is located on the Wagonga Inlet. It has a challenging bar in inclement weather and great caution should be taken when crossing at any time. Once inside, the waters are sheltered and the town of Narooma is a pleasant place to visit. Moruya Moruya is 19 miles north of Narooma and offers easy access into the Moruya River. Moruya is where the granite was mined that was used in the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Moruya has a commercial airport with daily flights to Sydney. Batemans Bay Batemans Bay, 15 miles north of Moruya, is a wide open bay to the east that offers good shelter in all weathers except south easterlies. Batemans Bay has a marina at the head of the bay that has all services. Larger vessels could anchor off. Ulladulla Ulladulla is 30 miles further north from Batemans Bay and is an all- weather breakwater protected fishing port. Jervis Bay Jervis Bay is located 15 miles north of Ulladulla and about 170 kilometres south from Sydney. It is a deep water port approximately 15 kilometres long and 10 kilometres wide. It is a spacious natural harbour sheltered by headlands which jut out leaving a relatively narrow entrance. With a depth of 26 metres, it is thought to be one of the deepest sheltered harbours in Australia. The bay has an all-weather entrance which enables safe navigation, night or day and good shelter is afforded in all inclement weathers. There are no berthing facilities other than those used by the Navy at their HMAS Creswell Naval base. The bay is frequented by large Naval vessels and therefore has suitable charts and navigational aids. The deep water provides good anchoring. The township of Huskisson is located on the western shore of the bay. The whole of Jervis Bay is Naval waters. Jervis Bay is not a designated port and has no Customs/Immigration/Quarantine or Pilotage services. Shoalhaven Heads The Shoalhaven River entrance 15 miles north of Jervis Bay is a bar that gives access to the Shoalhaven River and the regional town of Nowra. Care should be exercised when crossing the bar and in remaining clear of overhead power lines once in the Shoalhaven River. Kiama Kiama is a beautiful little harbour 15 miles north of Crookhaven/ Shoalhaven River entrance It is not sheltered from the swell so is therefore not a safe haven in rough weather. The attractions of the township of Kiama make this a port worth visiting when weather conditions allow. Port Kembla Port Kembla is a commercial port 42 miles south of Sydney Harbour. The port can handle very large bulk carriers in the iron ore, coal and grain trade, is a designated First Port of Entry and has all the services large commercial vessels require. It has no facilities for recreational boats but can be a welcome shelter from bad weather, especially southerlies. Wollongong Harbour Wollongong Harbour is 39 miles south of Sydney Harbour and is a small harbour created by a break wall. It is open to the swells and should only be visited in reasonable weather conditions. Port Hacking Port Hacking is the waterway that is surrounded by the southern suburbs of Sydney including Cronulla to the north, and the Royal National Park to the south. It is a popular boating area and has a variety of marinas and boating facilities. The entrance is wide, deep and well marked and can be negotiated in all weather.
February March 2008
June July 2008